- 10 Feb 2020,12:29
- Updated: 10 Feb 2020,12:29
THE countdown is on with Tyson Fury’s huge rematch with Deontay Wilder less than two weeks away.
One of the most eagerly awaited heavyweight bouts of the year is set for February 22 when the pair will fight it out for the WBC crown.
Follow all the latest news from the world of boxing below…
LOPEZ VS LOMA
Teofimo Lopez took a step closer to fighting Vasily Lomachenko after the IBF title holder tweeted “May 30th”
The pair are set for a unification bout in three months’ time in New York.
The Brooklyn basher has been teasing fans with a series of posts on social media about the date.
Start spreadin’ the news, I’m leaving today, I want to be a part of it..
— Teofimo Lopez (@TeofimoLopez)February 8, 2020
Anthony Joshua proved he is more than just an entertainer in the ring after performing alongside So Solid Crew to rap 21 Seconds.
The heavyweight champ wowed the crowd by taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Garage Nation where he got his moment on the mic.
After being introduced to Lisa Maffia, So Solid Crew’s most notable member, Joshua took centre stage and nailed his part.
Those watching the clip go viral on social media were quick to have their say and some even want it to be his entrance song for his next fight.
One said: “This has to be Anthony Joshua’s walkout tune for his next fight.”
A DANGEROUS IDEA
WBC president Mauricio has refused to reduce the number of weight divisions – because it would be dangerous for fighters.
He said: “This is where the risk of a serious injury increases exponentially. Dehydration is linked to the tragic ring accident formula: Dehydration + fatigue + solid punch=brain injury.
“The World Boxing Council has implemented many specific rules and measures to address this sensitive issue. On this occasion, we will talk about the intermediate divisions.
“Boxing originally recognised eight traditional divisions: Heavyweight, light heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight, lightweight, featherweight, bantamweight and flyweight.
“The creation of intermediate divisions managed to reduce the inhuman sacrifices that the fighters had to make to stay at the same weight or the marked disadvantages that they had when they had to climb to the next one.”
HITTIN’ THE WALL
Lucas Browne has confirmed he will fight heavyweight Otto Wallin.
The Swede, who was beaten by Tyson Fury in September, will fight Australian Browne in Las Vegas on March 28.
Wallin cut Fury badly in their bout last year, something the Brit will have to contend with when he faces Deontay Wilder in 12 days.
He said: “March 28 I make my USA d